This year, improving fire safety is a focus of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
In Ocala last year, two students and an adult were injured when a fire started in the engine compartment of a school bus. The danger of fire in any setting is two-fold. Burning materials release toxic smoke and fire can quickly cause life-threatening burns.
According to the NTSB, modes of transportation commonly susceptible to fire danger include:
- Highway: Fires occur after automobile or truck accident. Serious accidents become catastrophic if vehicles leak fuel that catches fire.
- Aviation: Smoke and fire in cargo and passenger flights can easily lead to fatal injury.
- Rail: When a train derails or collides with another, fire and smoke spread quickly.
- Marine: In engine compartments of cargo and other ships, accidents involving smoke and fire are as devastating as on land.
The NTSB hopes to improve methods to prevent and suppress fires in any type of vehicle through methods including:
- Monitors: Sensors and other monitors provide invaluable information to operators. Smoke and fire detectors offer alerts in compartments and areas not routinely observed.
- Design: Advanced designs can isolate fire and smoke save lives.
- Materials: Fire-resistant materials slow the progress of fire and reduce the danger of noxious smoke inhalation. More time allows for possible evacuation or fire suppression.
- Suppression: Methods to halt, slow or alter the course of a smoldering or fully active fire are essential.
No one expects an accident, or a fire. When traveling by any means, stay alert and try to stay safe. If hurt in a bus, car or other accident in Florida, seek help from experienced injury attorneys serving Sarasota County.